Re: Foreign-language level in schools low, Volume 11, Number 5, February 7 - February 13, 2005
English in Slovakia, or any other language come to think of it, could be better understood and a higher level of achievement reached if only those in the right places had the brains to adopt great ideas.
Firstly, as the man that twice launched English on Slovak Radio, in Prešov and then in Nitra, this was a medium and still is that could be used to help people learn.
Secondly, I approached Mr Rybníček of the STV and was given a contract for a TV programme. It was signed and sealed so I thought, but the STV backed out.
For a year I worked in a Základná Škola and the pay, the morale, the facilities and resources were so basic I spent most of my time in the pub making up creative games and other things to use in the classroom.
My head of department said they were inappropriate, but the kids loved them.
It's not just the money, it's also apathy we are fighting. Change those and then perhaps other things will change.
London and Nitra
14. Feb 2005 at 0:00